The Supreme Court ruling on cleaning the voters’ register emphasized the processes laid down in the law for cleaning the voters’ register, the Electoral Commission has said.
A statement signed and issued in Accra by Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, a Deputy Chair of the Commission in-charge of Corporate Services said in its review of court’s judgement that, the Supreme Court held “these processes are ‘ample and sufficient’ to remove the names of ineligible and deceased persons from the register.”
However, the Commission said it is ready to implement the directive of the Apex Court of the land.
The statement did not mention steps the EC is taking to clean the voters’ register except to say it had agreed with key stakeholders at an earlier Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting mechanisms to clean the register.
The commission added that it remains “willing” and “committed” to ensuring a clean register prior to the elections in accordance with the law.
The Supreme Court on May 5 ordered to EC to clean the electoral roll of minors, deceased persons and people who registered with NHIS cards.
But the EC in its statement said it has no power under any law currently in force, to unilaterally delete the names of persons from the register.
EC can only delete names of registrants following a directive by a District Registration Review Committee (DRRC) after the status of the voter has been examined, the statement explained.
“The EC is only permitted to act on the decision of the DRRC following the determination of the challenge to delete or maintain the name of the challenged person on the register,” EC said.
“Similarly, for persons who are already on the Provisional Register, the law requires that an objection is made during the exhibition process either by a registered voter or an official of the Commission.
“These objections are then referred to the District Registration Review Officer (DRRO) for determination. The Commission is required by the law to act on the decision of the DRRO following determination of the objection.
“As an institution that derives its existence from the law, the Electoral Commission cannot be seen to be acting arbitrarily.
“We are delighted that the Supreme Court agrees with us on this position. In complying with the directives of the Apex Court, the Commission intends to fully follow the applicable law, “ the statement said.